It didn’t take much time for Emily Freedland to decide on what college she wanted to go to next fall. Having visited her older brother Josh Freedland over the past few years at Bates College, it seemed like a no-brainer to the Marblehead senior.
Freedland, who carries a 3.7 GPA, recently committed with the Division 3 New England Small College Athletic Conference school.
”I always knew I wanted to go to one of the NESCAC schools, small Division 3 type school,” said Freedland after her team’s 37-33 win over Salem on Tuesday. “I’ve been up to watch my brother’s football games and I’ve always loved Bates.
”It’s a perfect academic and athletic fit. I had emailed and sent film to Coach Murphy, and my parents and I went up to visit and meet with him last spring and he was very supportive, it was kind of meant to be from there.”
Freedland, one of two captains for the Magicians this winter, will play alongside former Masconomet standout Chelsea Nason, who is currently a sophomore on the Bobcats team.
”Coach Murphy said minutes aren’t guaranteed,” Freedland explained of her potential playing time next winter. “He seems like a straight shooter, though. If you work hard you’ll get minutes, so that’s what I’m hoping to do.”
A two-time Salem News and Northeastern Conference all-star, Freedland worked her way into a starting role at Marblehead during her sophomore year. She’s been the Magicians’ leading scorer over the past three seasons and has the capability to play at either guard position.
”Emily is a terrific leader for us,” said Marblehead head coach Wayne Hanscom. “She works so hard in practice and there’s not wasted motion with her. You never have to motivate her, she’s always sprinting and running hard. The great thing is she’s only going to get better. She can handle the ball and she can shoot it.”
Freedland is a master at catching the pass and shooting immediately. If left unattended, she’ll make you pay, especially from three-point territory.
Over the past three seasons, she’s totaled 84 three-pointers, including 17 and counting for this winter. As the team’s leading scorer, she averages 10.7 points per game.
Her steady game allows her to bring consistent numbers to the other three categories averaging; 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 5.1 steals in a dozen games this season.
”Freedland is a handful for defenders,” noted Salem head coach John Fortunato. “If you make a mistake she is so quick in transition and then all of sudden there she is wide open.”
Freedland visited other NESCAC schools such as Tufts University and Bowdoin College, but found that Bates suited her best.
The 18-year-old also plays lacrosse in the spring, however, basketball has always been the sport she’s put the most time and energy into ever since she started playing in the fifth grade.
Danvers is looking to put Tuesday night’s 61-19 loss to Lynn English in the rear-view mirror. The Falcons were well aware when their schedule came out that they’d have a tough few games back-to-back and knew exactly what to expect out of the first place Bulldogs.
”They’ll smother you, you can’t hesitate and shoot,” said Danvers coach Pat Veilleux. “It’s hard to slay two dragons back-to-back. We’re not going to dwell on it. I wish we could’ve done more offensively, but we had no answers.”
Considering the amount of injuries Danvers has had to deal with this season, the 7-6 overall record is pretty impressive. The Falcons even managed to take care of business on Friday against Peabody and are looking to the avenge last Thursday’s loss to Methuen. They’re hosting the Rangers tonight.
Veilleux is hoping to get senior Allison Walsh back into the lineup sometime soon. Walsh missed all of last year with an ACL tear and had a scare against Salem earlier this month.
Peabody (9-3) has a chance to clinch a playoff berth tonight at home against Revere during the Tanners annual “Think Pink Night”.
This will Peabody’s second straight season making the tournament and third appearance since 2008.
The Tanners remain one of only three teams left in the Northeastern Conference that haven’t suffered back-to-back losses this season. Lynn English (14-0) and Winthrop (8-2) are the two other teams.
Masconomet is off tonight, but has a big game on Monday against Pentucket. The Chieftains are almost a lock for the Cape Ann League Large title and win over their arch rival could secure them the crown.
Masco already defeated the Sachems back in December, but since then Pentucket has gone on a 10-game win streak.
Swampscott got a huge win over Marblehead last night, 47-46. Sophomore forward Olivia Cooke made a free-throw with under 10 seconds left to put the Big Blue up one. The Magicians had the last possession and hit the shot, but it was waved off as time had already expired.
”At halftime I challenged the girls to trust each other and play with confidence,” said Swamspcott head coach Abrom Roberts. “We definitely played better as a team in the second half.”
The Big Blue outscored Marblehead 12-9 in the third quarter, which got the momentum going in Swampscott’s favor down the stretch.
Freshman Jaymie Caponigro (16 points) and senior captain Jacqueline Walsh (20 points) led the way in scoring. Roberts also noted the defensive efforts of sophomore center Emma Wright.
Bounce Passes, a column on North Shore girls basketball, runs in The Salem News every Friday during the winter season. Contact Gianna Addario at GAddario@salemnews.com, 978-338-2615 and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.
2013 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORING LEADERS Name, School Games Played Points Average 1. Nicole Femino, Masconomet 13 175 13.5 2. Hannah Kiernan, Masconomet 13 165 12.7 3. Colleen Corcoran, Fenwick 13 155 11.9 4. Sam Charette, Hamilton-Wenham 13 152 11.7 5. Carolyn Scacchi, Peabody 12 140 11.7 6. Jenna Gagnon, Ipswich 12 138 11.5 7. Jaclyn Panneton, Salem 9 103 11.4 8. Meghan Collins, Masconomet 13 140 10.8 9. Emily Freedland, Marblehead 12 128 10.7 10. Gianna Pizzano, Fenwick 13 137 10.5 Three-point leaders: Hannah Llewellyn, Danvers 22; Emily Freedland, Marblehead 17; Haley Willis, Hamilton-Wenham 16; Hannah Kiernan, Masconomet 15; Nicole Femino, Masconomet 13. Note: Leaders include players from The Salem News coverage area only and games played as of Jan. 30, 2014.